Therapy Riding Centre
About the Shiresmill Therapy Riding CentreTherapy Riding Centre
Shiresmill Therapy Riding Centre is a member group of RDA UK. We are based in beautiful Fife countryside at Shiresmill, by Blairhall, Dunfermline (see Contact Us for directions)
Our group was founded in 1984. We were originally known as 'Sandydub Group' and operated from nearby Shieldbank Riding Centre, and then Rhynd by Bandrum, before finding our current home at Shiresmill in September 1996.
Our group is run entirely by a fantastic team of dedicated volunteers and we always need more people to join us. If you're interested in volunteering with us, please visit our 'Volunteer' section.
As well as being used for Therapy Riding and Groundwork Sessions, facilities at our centre are used during educational visits for schools to the nearby Valleyfield Woods and Balgonie Woods that are rich in history, nature and wildlife.
The West Fife Woodlands Group also operate in these woods and were founded to restore, revive and protect the woodland areas. This Group also run events such as the Springtime Snowdrop walks which start at Shiresmill Therapy Riding Centre.
Who Benefits From Our Centre?
Our primary beneficiaries are people of all ages (from 5 years of age) and abilities who may have additional support needs. Most of our participants come from West Fife and Clackmannanshire.
Our custom–built Centre was opened by HRH The Princess Royal on 4 September 1996. The Centre has both outdoor and indoor arenas complete with mirrors, a cabin for the use of our participants and helpers, loose boxes, a hay store, paddocks, and grazing fields. There is an adjoining 5-acre Sensory Par...
Meet our Ponies
Introducing our Ponies at the Shiresmill Centre! They have been trained specially so that children and people with physical disabilities, medical conditions, learning difficulties and youngsters on the autistic spectrum can ride them.
All sessions at Shiresmill are led by RDA qualified Group Coaches who regularly update, meet and attend Regional and County training days. In addition they are all assessed by the Regional Coach regularly in order to ensure that they are current with all procedures and coaching skills.